Explore and experiment with photographic practices by studying our full-time Photography degree at Cambridge School of Art, ARU. Choose to take part in photography field trips, and get support to find work placements. Learn to create images that tell compelling stories with real impact whether your dream is to be a fashion or fine art photographer or photojournalist.
On our BA (Hons) Photography degree, you’ll explore many areas of photographic practice including digital / analogue image-making, experimental crossovers, multimedia, self-publishing and exhibition.
Through continuous experimentation, you’ll be encouraged to refine your photographic style and voice, with plenty of opportunities to explore your emerging practice. Our contextual studies lecturers will guide you to specialist research resources in our well stocked campus library. You’ll be able to explore hundreds of photographers’ monographs and access technical and contextual texts, as well as other online resources, to underpin and expand your practice.
You’ll also learn to adopt a professional approach to your photography practice, covering many aspects of career management such as rights issues, project management and self-promotion through social media.
Our optional modules will give you the chance to further specialise your skillset, with subjects including printmaking, digital arts and the moving image.
All your work will be supported by a team of practising photographers and visual artists, who will share their wide-ranging expertise and experience with you not only in lecturers, seminars and workshops, but also through individual tutorial and studio support.
Our analogue and digital facilities will improve your confidence using industry-standard equipment, including colour and b/w darkrooms; continuous, daylight and flash studios; and a digital post production and printing suite. You can also borrow specialist camera equipment for your work using our dedicated loan service.
Through our unique photography student and alumni network, including Twitter and Facebook, you’ll also have the chance to learn from others who have already started on their path towards becoming a professional photographer.
Our BA (Hons) Photography will help you prepare for work in the photographic, creative and media industries, or for self-employment as a photographer or artist.
We hold regular career development events which you can take part in while you’re studying with us. Our recent guest speakers have included Tom Hunter, Jane Hilton, Tim Flach, Hannah Starkey, Carole Evans, Alastair Levy, Mike Crawford and Lillian Wilkie.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
You can choose to take up either formal or informal work placements that will help you establish your own professional network, including opportunities such as working for magazines, galleries and photographers.
Around the university you can also take advantage of many opportunities to use and promote your skills, such as working with staff and students to photograph their events, while our dedicated student employment bureau will help you find photographic jobs both in and outside university.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll demonstrate your learning through both written and practical (portfolio) work, helping to prepare you for creating your own professional photography portfolio.
At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.
Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
Take part in our annual field trip to get experience photographing overseas locations. Our recent trips have included Venice and Prague.
Every year you’ll have the chance to enter a number of national and international competitions, which our students have regularly won or been shortlisted for, as well as those organised by Anglia Ruskin, such as the Eaton Portrait Prize and Sustainability Art Prize.
You can practice your photo-processing work in our black, white and colour darkrooms with enlargers that cater for 35mm, medium format and large format film, as well as three fully-equipped daylight and artificial light studios.
You’ll also have access to our computer laboratories equipped with Apple Macs, A4 and A3 flatbed scanners, 35mm, medium format, large format scanners, and printers capable of calibrated wide format up to 44in width.
We have a large stock of photography equipment that you can borrow, including digital cameras (DSLRs and medium format), large format cameras, lenses, light meters and lighting kits.
You can access all of our industry-standard facilities and get full training from a dedicated team of technical officers.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250 for materials and work-books in the first year.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.
For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our Cambridge School of Art portfolios page.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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